So they have been married 13 years but what makes them special is they work as a wedding photography and music team and as far as I am aware the only couple with one photographer and one DJ - doing the music for the ceremony. Then working together as the day and night continues.
Garry has been doing photography for a zillion years and he often tells me about his concerns. I know many people in the wedding industry feel the same way but still people make choices they live to regret. So anyway, here is what Garry has to say! He words it, so much better, than I can.
Thanks for the opportunity to have a word Julie, It’s a risky move because once you get me started talking about wedding photography I can be a bit hard to stop.
Wedding photography is definitely my passion (second only to my love for Karyn of course) and I have been doing it all my working life. When I started in this wonderful career it was all black & white film unless you were really rich and could afford 12 photos in colour. The photography was very structured in those days, because every time you pushed the shutter button it cost money for film and processing. Now of course with digital cameras you can blaze away and have a much more meaningful record of your special day.
I have seen it all over the years, the marquee that blew away in a storm, the bridal car that caught fire and the one that had a head on crash on the way to the reception. The flourescent tube that was “shot out” from it’s socket by a wayward champain cork and exploded in the middle of the buffet table spreading glass through all the food, and the groom that beat up the brides father on the church steps ..... yep, .... I’ve seen it all .... I should write a book :-)
Usually weddings go off pretty much with out a hitch though, good planning is the key there, and it is a total joy to be involved in such a happy occassion. The concerns that Julie refers too ..... Mmmm ..... Well, it’s awesome that so many people want to become wedding photographers, BUT ..... there is way more to it than buying a camera, printing off some business cards and starting a Facebook page. There are traditions, protocols and general rules that need to be followed. There are the stresses of only having one shot at getting it right on the wedding day, the time restraints and the “Mother in Law” to humour :-)
My advice to any wanna be wedding photographer is :- pester your friends and family to be models for you, (bride, groom and wedding party models) and practise, practise and practise some more until you get your photography skills perfected. Join the New Zealand Instutute of Professional Photographers and go to every training seminar that you can and get your wedding qualifications. Team up with an experienced wedding photographer and get some experience as a “second shooter” at a few weddings. DO NOT practise at someones wedding, (as their sole photographer) it’s not fair to them and if you screw up you won’t like yourself that’s for sure.
If you are a prospective bride reading this, be warned. You will have heard a million times that the wedding photos are the one thing that you get keep to remember your awesome day, the photos have to be amazing. I would love a dollar for every Bride that has come to me in tears because she didn’t choose her photographer carefully and wasn’t happy with the few sub standard photos that she got. Just because someone has a “nice” camera and has some great photos of their kids and the dog, doesn’t mean they will produce awesome wedding photos for you. It’s like the bloke who has a ute, a cellphone and a dog and says he will build you a fabulous house - Yeah right !
In conclusion :- Choose your wedding photographer as though your life depends on it. Meet with lots of photographers and study their porfolios and see what they can offer you. Don’t just phone them and ask “how much do you charge” because there is way more to it than price alone.
Garry Walls Photography & D.J.
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